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Luring Deer Away From Livestock Feed with Fall Cover Crops

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During long Midwest winters, deer can wreak havoc on hay and other stored livestock feed. However, planting fall cover crops, such as clover, turnips and peas, may help wildlife managers provide deer with a nutrient-rich alternative that can lure...
20-Feb-2015 2:00 PM EST

New Biotechnology Center Targets Cancer, Viruses, Plant Genetics

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Scientists will examine living cells at a molecular level to find out how cells become cancerous, how viruses attack animals and humans and how plants can capture more nitrogen through a new collaborative research center called Biochemical...
5-Feb-2015 4:00 PM EST

Transforming Biochar Into Activated Carbon

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It’s about transforming corn stover, dried distillers grain solids and even native grasses into a product more than 1,000 times more valuable—graphene. Assistant professor Zhengrong Gu of the South Dakota State University agricultural and...
30-Jan-2015 11:00 AM EST

82-Year-Old Reveals Childhood Memories at College Orphanage

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Lola (Swedlund) Stampe sat on a secret for 82 years. Though she’s not exactly sure why, Lola never told anyone she was an orphan in South Dakota State College’s practice cottage in the 1930s. “I guess I just kind of washed it out of my...
16-Jan-2015 12:00 PM EST

Developing Vaccines for Insect-Borne Viruses

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Rift Valley Fever, a mosquito-borne disease, can devastate a sheep herd causing 90 percent mortality in lambs and 100 percent abortion rates in pregnant ewes. Current vaccines either don’t provide long-term immunity or cause spontaneous abortions...
15-Jan-2015 4:00 PM EST

Smart Phones, Social Media Encourage Healthy Habits

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Technology may be the key to helping college-age adults make healthier choices when it comes to food and physical activity. The Youth Adults Eating and Active for Health project found that participants in the intervention groups ate more fruits and...
6-Jan-2015 10:00 AM EST

NSF Grant Uses Macrosystems Approach to Determine Fate of Great Plains Wetlands Species

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Distance matters. When a pond vanishes, the creatures who live there must find new homes. How far frogs, salamanders and ducks must travel to find other wetlands determines their fate. Through a $2.1 million National Science Foundation Grant,...
20-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Demand High for Engineers in Midwest

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Engineering students preparing to take their sheepskin and depart into the world of change orders and service requests are finding no shortage of companies wanting to take their resumes. A record 105 companies manned booths that overflowed the...
10-Oct-2014 12:00 PM EDT

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Fighting Childhood Obesity Among Native Americans

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“Secure, healthy caregiving is just as important as genetic factors in preventing physical and emotional problems,” according to South Dakota State University nursing professor Marylou Mylant. That’s the premise behind research on...
3-Mar-2015 10:05 AM EST

Protecting Food Crops From Soil Contaminants

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Using natural soil components to trap pollutants will allow producers to control soil contaminants and reuse draining water while protecting their agricultural crops, according to Mohamed Elsayed, a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar at South Dakota...
27-Feb-2015 12:05 PM EST

Changing Climate Impacts Food Production

25-Feb-2015 5:00 PM EST

Using Diet-Drug Combination to Target Cancer

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Tumor cells require high levels of glucose to multiply. This, in turn, creates more lactic acid, a byproduct that negatively affects the body’s immune response thereby reducing the effectiveness of drug therapies. Scientists from Sanford Research...
25-Feb-2015 2:20 PM EST

Cheaper Gas Prices Lead to More Vehicle Crashes

As the price of gasoline drops, the number of automobile crashes increases, according to analysis of monthly crash data. from the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety for 1998 to 2007. However, the time frame within which this occurs varies based on...
12-Feb-2015 2:00 PM EST

Midwest Scientist Reports Improved Soil Conditions

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Tillage practices that conserve moisture, plants that use water more efficiently and soil with more organic matter have produced higher yields even in dry conditions, according to soil scientist David Clay, professor of plant science at South Dakota...
10-Feb-2015 5:00 PM EST

Interdisciplinary Simulations Give Pharmacy Students Taste of Real-World

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Nurses, doctors, pharmacists and therapists care for the same patient, but often don’t meet until they are practicing health professionals. Simulations at the Sullivan Health Science Center in Sioux Falls involving pharmacy students and graduate...
29-Jan-2015 1:00 PM EST

Tunneling Layer May Improve Efficiency of Multi-Junction Organic Solar Cells

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Organic solar cells are less expensive to produce than silicon-based technologies, but to make them competitive a method must be found to increase their efficiency. Qiquan Qiao of the South Dakota State University Center for Advanced Photovoltaics...
22-Jan-2015 11:00 AM EST

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